File:George Formby with the army in France, 1940 cropped.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|right|Formby in France during the Second World War
'''George Formby''', OBE
(born '''George Hoy Booth'''; 26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961), was an English actor, singer-songwriter and comedian who became known to a worldwide audience through his films of the 1930s and 1940s. On stage, screen and record he sang light, Novelty song|comical songs
, usually playing the ukulele
, and became the UK's highest-paid entertainer.
Born in Wigan
, he was the son of George Formby Sr
, from whom he later took his stage name. After an early career as a stable boy and jockey, Formby took to the music hall
stage after the early death of his father in 1921. His early performances were taken...